Robert A. Klips is an associate professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University, where he taught for over twenty years. Within the herbarium at OSU’s Museum of Biological Diversity, he currently oversees the curation of moss and lichen specimens. Skilled in botanical macrophotography, Klips served as the photographer for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s 2017 “Common Lichens of Ohio” field guide and contributed images to dozens of books, periodicals, and web sites. He frequently conducts field work and educates nature study groups about the identification, ecology, and distribution of Ohio specimens.
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Mosses, liverworts, and lichens are so prevalent on rocks, trees, walkways, and buildings that they often go unnoticed. With plain language and detailed color photographs of Ohio’s most common species—many of which appear throughout the Midwest—this guide helps nature lovers identify and understand their crucial role in the ecosystem.